Country Homes & Interiors December 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Relaxed living…comfortable style Country Homes & Interiors is the magazine that celebrates the best of modern country decorating style. Inspired by the spirit of today's relaxed living, you'll find page upon page of gorgeous real homes, plus a fresh take on country decorating.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the mood of the moment: winding down

Now that 2020 is drawing to a close, it’s impossible not to reflect on what a confused and frustrating year it has been – and to hope that 2021 will bring greater stability. But, in the meanwhile, there are Christmas pleasures to revel in and precious time out to rest and reboot. This issue is full of simple, beautiful ideas to help you do that. It was made with stress-relief in mind, so you’ll find meaningful gifts to give, foliage decorations to make on a slow day and, of course, comforting food to cook and share. My time as editor is also drawing to a close, so this is my sign-off and the next lucky incumbent will be introducing the January issue. To be honest, I don’t know if I’m…

2 min
things that make us happy... december


1 min
design news

Colour collab Lighting fave Pooky has teamed up with paint genius Little Greene to launch a carefully curated range of 20 gorgeous colours to customise on any of the brand’s 13 wooden bases. Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene says: ‘This collaboration will allow interior lovers to play with Little Greene colours to create a truly bespoke piece.’ Moonshine floor lamp, £195; base painted in Little Greene paint, from £23; 45cm shade in Saffron Dupion silk, £95, Pooky X Little Greene HABITAT ART PROJECT In 2019, Habitat’s Brighton store launched a competition for local creatives to send in artwork inspired by the city. The three winners – Emma Stone-Johnson, Tiffany Lynch and Orna Schneerson Pascal – have each had their works translated into a capsule collection of embroidered cushions, bringing three different…

5 min
a cotswold christmas

“I STILL WALK IN AND THINK WE’VE CREATED THE MOST WONDERFUL PLACE. EVERY SINGLE PIECE IS JUST AS I’D WANT IT IN MY DREAM HOME” This Christmas marks a turning point as Jo Barnes and her family welcome their first guests to celebrate the festive season at Anthology Farm, a pair of Grade II-listed barns in the Cotswolds. It hasn’t been an easy journey to get here. In 2016, after a decade of uncertainty, the family farm in Staffordshire was compulsory purchased to make way for HS2. For Jo’s father-in-law, John, it was particularly emotional as his family had farmed there since 1921. ‘It was a difficult time,’ says Jo. ‘Not only had we lost the farm, but my mother-in-law Rosemary and I had to close our businesses, a farm shop and…

5 min
hometown glory

Nicola Cliffe has a soft spot for Arts & Crafts houses and used to love walking past this property in her home town of Stamford, admiring the flower displays on the windowsills. Having moved away in her youth, she returned to the town with her husband Jonathan to bring up their boys George, Ted and Bertie, and this house was on the route to the children’s school where Nicola also worked, teaching science. ‘We lived just down the road in a tiny house and when Bertie came along, we really did need something bigger,’ says Nicola. ‘These houses don’t come on the market often and when they do, they sell very quickly, but we were very lucky – I knew the lady who lived here and she let me know in…

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on our doorstep

Visit… ‘Burghley House (, a fine Elizabethan manor. The year-round calendar of events includes good Christmas fairs. There is also a Christmas market in the town.’ Shop at… ‘Stamford has an impressive range of independent cafes and delis, including The Fine Food Store (, No 14 St Mary’s Hill (01780 755551) and Cafe Black (01780 762999) with lots of festive food and locally made speciality produce for sale.’ Go for a meal at… ’The Tobie Norris (, a former bell foundry from 1280.’…